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Slappy Cakes/
Shinjuku: American
₯6457-4155
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Gourmet pancakes are
the big draw at this
popular Oregon-based
breakfast restau-
rant, where they
come in interesting
variations like
Banana-Chocolate
Chip with Raspberry
Jam; and Roast Mush-
rooms, Scallions and
Cheddar Cheese. In
fact you're encour-
aged to devise your
own custom combina-
tion of sweet or
savory ingredients,
ten optional top-
pings (lemon-curd,
whipped-cream), and
choice of batter
(buttermilk, whole-
grain or peanut-
butter).

If you're not in a
pancake mood, they
also put together
original concoctions
like their Slappy
Benedict (with sau-
teed spinach, pro-
sciutto, pureed
roast garlic, sun-
dried tomatoes) and
Vegetable Scramble
(squash, leeks,
kale, blue cheese),
plus more meaty
choices like the
Slider Plate (spicy
mini-burgers) and
country-fried steak.


The Pork-belly Bene-
dict comes in a
decent-sized double-
muffin configura-
tion, along with a
generous helping of
roast potatoes. The
flavorful pork-belly
confit is comple-
mented by tart
cider-marinated
cabbage strips and a
creamy Hollandaise
sauce livened up
with bacon fat. The
potatoes are proper-
ly roasted, result-
ing in crisp skins
and soft centers.

Slappy Cakes' blint-
zes make a nice
dessert after a
savory main -
they're filled with
tangy, custard-like
lemon-cream cheese,
dusted with powdered
sugar, and buried
under a seasonal
fruit topping (ours
was a sweet blueber-
ry jam). The drinks
menu offers assorted
brunch-friendly
cocktails - Apple
Toddy, Lavender
Fizz, Marypolitan -
as well as wines and
amber ale from Ore-
gon. Espresso is
churned out by
serious-looking
Italian-made machin-
ery.

The decor has an
updated American-
diner feel to it -
spacious counter,
Formica-top tables
and a handful of
large booths
equipped with pan-
cake griddles. The
soundtrack is mainly
1940s vocal jazz
(Tony Bennett, Frank
Sinatra) with a bit
of R&B thrown in.

Because of its
department-store
location the restau-
rant doesn't open
until 11am, but
breakfast is served
all day from then
until 10pm.
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Shinjuku-ku, Shin-
juku 3-38-1, Lumine
EST Shinjuku 7F. 
Open 11am-10pm (LO)
daily.
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